- Absolutely no lumps, food chunks, or anything but the finest particles will filter through the mesh bottom of this mesh strainer. The smooth polished steel ring rests evenly atop bowls and pots so that you can multi-task while your food drains and strains. The strainer is handy for straining creamed soup and stocks. Even the herbs will catch in the basket. . It's also ideal for rinsing cooked vegetables and pasta.